Tag Archives: Road signs

Could London bus accident have been prevented?

This weekend we heard the sad news that 26 people were injured when a double-deck bus hit a low bridge in Tottenham, north London. But could this accident have been prevented? Likes(24)Dislikes(16)

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Measurement units and the European Economic Community

In the third of our series of articles we look at EU involvement in the UK’s prolonged metric conversion. Likes(2)Dislikes(0)

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The link between muddled units and verbose traffic signs

Successive UK governments have retained imperial units exclusively for distance and speed on road traffic signs. Ronnie Cohen argues that, as a result, we have been unable to take advantage of universal unit symbols, a feature of the metric system … Continue reading

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Signs of the past in Southend-on-Sea

There has been an exchange of views on Facebook recently about alterations to signs in Southend-on-Sea carried out by “activists” over a decade ago. This has provided an opportunity for Metric Views to restate the legal position and to discuss … Continue reading

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Dying embers and a few flying sparks

The concluding article of this series looks at the ignominious end of the UK’s attempt, began fifty years ago, to make the transition to a single, simple and universal measurement system. Likes(0)Dislikes(0)

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50 years on

Sunday 24th May will be the 50th anniversary of the announcement by the British Government that the UK was to “go metric” within 10 years.  However, 50 years later we are still little more than half way there.  Why has … Continue reading

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Signs of the times

We compare the Government’s different approaches to two separate proposals for new road signs. Likes(0)Dislikes(0)

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Traffic signs and speed limits to be devolved to Scotland

The Smith Commission on further devolution to Scotland has recommended that speed limits and traffic signs should be devolved to the Scottish Parliament. Likes(0)Dislikes(0)

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Minor success for UKMA – imperial-only height and width signs to be discontinued

The Department for Transport (DfT) has announced a tiny but significant piece of progress on the long road to completing metrication in the UK. Likes(0)Dislikes(0)

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Devolve Weights and Measures – says pro-metric group

Weights and Measures and related matters (such as road signs) should be devolved to the Scottish Parliament – according to the UK Metric Association. Likes(0)Dislikes(0)

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